A CREATIVE Midlands designer has scooped the top prize at the star-studded awards ceremony for the Northern Design Competition 2009.
Emily Dick from Balsall Common, was crowned the Maurice Miller Northern Design Champion for her entry ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside (Clarence Pier)’, after also being named winner of the photography category, in a ceremony held at Leeds Metropolitan University.
The 21-year-old student said she was shocked and surprised after being presented with the top award by Kaiser Chiefs frontman and Leeds Met alumnus Ricky Wilson.
“I am genuinely shocked to have won the category let alone the overall prize. It’s so important for people to get their pride in Britain back and that’s what my entry was about,” she said.
Emily’s photo represented the current declining state of many seaside resorts across the UK.
She said that buildings once seen as architectural delights are decaying and that the photograph is a visual portrayal of Britain today and a sign that things need to change.
Wayne Hemingway, founder of fashion label Red or Dead, said: “I know this seaside pier (in Emily’s picture) well and run past it regularly. Its demise is very sad and I feel the entrant has done well to sum up the seedier end of what the Great British seaside has become.
“The use of colour and tone in this piece certainly helps with this argument. It is an emotionally stimulating piece.”